Kuaʻana Native Hawaiian Student Development Services promotes Mālama ʻĀina as a voluntary activity and acknowledges that Mālama ʻĀina is our kuleana as Kanaka ʻOiwi to protect and preserve our ancestral resources in this place we call home. Mālama ʻĀina is integral to who we are as Hawaiians, and a value that cannot be quantified or mandated as in community service hours. As Hawaiians, the kuleana we have to mālama our precious lands reflects a deep sense of commitment we have inherited from our ancestors.
All students who are recipients of the Kuaʻana Tuition Waiver self select sites that range from wahi pana AROUND OʻAHU, to tutoring with ʻopio K-12, visitations with home-bound kūpuna, volunteering at ʻIolani Palace, developing kuaʻana/kaina relationships with Hawaiian youth through sports programs, and to many other places that they acknowledge as spaces and places where they exercise their commitment to Mālama ʻĀina. Kuaʻana also makes available Mālama ʻĀina sites for their convenience, to allow for them to embrace the value of kuleana and Mālama ʻĀina passed down from generation to generation.
Students submit a list of their Mālama ʻĀina activities to the Kuaʻana office for purposes of recording activities participated in. The number of hours will not be used to monitor any students completion of specified amount of work.